Trump visits Paris after a turbulent week

Trump visits Paris after a turbulent week

PARIS President Trump arrived in Paris on Friday at the end of a week in which his party lost control of a congressional chamber and the overthrow of his attorney general, to meet with his French counterpart and attend the 100th anniversary of the end of the world remember war I.

Minutes after landing in Paris, Mr. Trump tweeted about comments French President Emmanuel Macron had made on French radio this week. The French President called for the creation of a "true European army" in a critique of the transatlantic security interconnections prior to Mr Trump's visit.

Mr. Trump, who is supposed to have talks with Mr. Macron on Saturday, twittered"French President Macron has just proposed that Europe build its own military to protect itself from the US, China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US heavily subsidizes! "

The brief Twitter exchange recalled a similar public flair between the two men over the pre-meeting trade at the summit of the Seven Group in June.

The President's second official visit to Paris coincides with Veterans Day in the United States, honoring people who helped defend the US in wartime and peacetime.

Mr. Trump is among dozens of world leaders expected to attend events this weekend, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The French President will host a lunch for many of the guest guides.

A high-ranking White House official said Mr. Trump was only having conversations with Mr. Macron and had not scheduled any formal meetings or brief rounds of talks with Mr. Putin or other leaders.

Mr. Trump's trip took days after the Democrats gained control of the House in the midterm elections on Tuesday, which would cause them to postpone or block the president's agenda, starting with his planned border with Mexico on trade agreements he had promised for renegotiation. One day after the election, at a free and often bellicose press conference at the White House, he pled for a "belligerent attitude" should the Democrats exercise oversight while pushing the bipartisan party.

In terms of external relations, Mr. Trump was confident that allies in other countries who had been waiting for trade negotiations had congratulated him on GOP victories. "Now we can all get back to work and do things!", He wrote on Twitter.

There have been tough trade talks between the US and its European partners for several months, but the president's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on many of America's closest allies and trading partners has created a tight working relationship, including with France. Mr Macron also opposes the reintroduction of sanctions against Iran by the Trump government and the withdrawal from the Obama-era nuclear deal.

Most western companies and banks withdrew from Iran before the sanctions were re-imposed, and feared a loss of access to the US economy. European politicians, however, have tried to find ways to protect their businesses and enable them to do business with Iran.

The European Union has sought to create a special channel of payments for trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions and allowing European countries to do business with Iranians.

Messrs. Trump and Macron have chosen to address the continuing differences in issues such as climate change, focusing instead on areas where they can work together, including a roadmap for post-World War II Syria and broader security in the Middle East. They also promised to work together on conflicts in Ukraine and Libya.

On Friday, Mr. Trump signed a presidential statement in which the immigrants enacted by the government illegally cross the border of the asylum procedure, which, according to critics, overrides the president's legal power to amend the US Immigration Act in court

The new regulation aims to push asylum seekers to cross-border checkpoints and deny the possibility of seeking asylum for almost all immigrants illegally caught across the border. The rule will come into effect on Saturday at 12:01 (ET).

The proclamation signed by Mr Trump suspends entry into the US for illegal frontier workers for 90 days. Government officials say the president has the power to restrict asylum for some foreigners under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

"People can come in, but they have to get through the ports of entry," Trump told reporters when he left for Paris on Friday.

Government officials told reporters that people who escape the persecution and need protection should seek it in Mexico and not in the United States. "It's in their best interest, in the best interests of all, to seek protection as quickly as possible," said one government official.

The rule change and the expected proclamation, which effectively change the US Immigration Act, are designed to reduce the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally to seek asylum in the US. It comes when the president repeatedly criticized the thousands of people in the weeks leading up to election day, especially Central American migrants set off in several caravans traveling through Mexico. Mr. Trump has not tweeted about the caravan since the election and hardly mentioned it publicly.

Sunday's ceasefire commemoration ceremony will take place without the fanfare – and military parade – that sparked President interest during his visit to Paris last July for the Bastille Day celebrations, and the White House's efforts for a similar military parade on 2 March November in Washington inspired 10 this year. The Pentagon and the White House said in August that the parade would be delayed until 2019.

Mr Trump's visit is intended to be a discreet observation of the Jubilee, with the President and First Lady honored on Saturday in the American cemetery of Aisne-Marne and Memorial. The President will also speak at an American memorial service at the Suresnes American Cemetery.

At his White House press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said the commemoration was "very nice."

"I'm looking forward to going," he said. "And we represent the incredible heroes of the world, but the heroes of our country from the First World War."

Write to Vivian Salama at vivian.salama@wsj.com

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